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Winter Olympics 2010: Closing Time

After two weeks of heated competition, foggy weather, and some surprising victories, the Vancouver Winter Olympics are officially over. Here's a gallery of images to wrap up the Games, showcasing everything from powder skiing at Whistler to Julia Mancuso in action to behind-the-scenes with Bode Miller.


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Although the mountain was empty, Whistler Village was crazy with Olympic spirit and tons of live music.

Although the mountain was empty, Whistler Village was crazy with Olympic spirit and tons of live music.

While everyone else was watching Olympic events, Mike Douglas was out enjoying the empty slopes.Check out all of our stories from the Olympics.

While everyone else was watching Olympic events, Mike Douglas was out enjoying the empty slopes.

Check out all of our stories from the Olympics.

Although Whistler Mountain is now closed, Blackcomb will remain open until for skiing until May 24. Access the resort via the Excalibur Gondola in…

Although Whistler Mountain is now closed, Blackcomb will remain open until for skiing until May 24. Access the resort via the Excalibur Gondola in the village. Hours of operation are now 10am to 4pm (so you can party, sleep in, and still get first chair). The Whistler summer bike park is scheduled to open on May 15, weather permitting. Find out more at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

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Pro skier Mike Douglas shred the Husume Couloir in the Blackcomb slackcountry.

Pro skier Mike Douglas shred the Husume Couloir in the Blackcomb slackcountry.

Shannon Bahrke (right) celebrates her bronze medal with gold medalist Hannah Kearney of the United States (center) and Jennifer Heil of Canada.This…

Shannon Bahrke (right) celebrates her bronze medal with gold medalist Hannah Kearney of the United States (center) and Jennifer Heil of Canada.

This is the second time I’ve spoken to Shannon Bahrke on the phone, and the first thing she does is apologize for not returning the message I left her the day after she won the bronze medal in women’s moguls. I tell her it’s fine, I understand she’s had more important things to do than sort through her voicemail.

“It has been so crazy,” she says. “We got to go on the Today show a bunch of times. I’ve watched a couple of events, and I’ve been doing tons of interviews and spending time with my family.”

The first time I spoke to Bahrke, before the Olympics, she promised me the American women would make a run at a podium sweep. They came close during the women’s mogul competition on February 13, as Hannah Kearney took gold, Canada’s Jennifer Heil won silver, and Bahrke completed the U.S. bookend with a third-place finish.

Bahrke embraces Kearney after her gold-medal run.Team FirstOne of the challengers was teammate Heather McPhie, who fell on course and tumbled in the…

Bahrke embraces Kearney after her gold-medal run.

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One of the challengers was teammate Heather McPhie, who fell on course and tumbled in the standings. Bharke was waiting at the bottom with a hug.

It’s easy to offer support from the top, but Bahrke had more hugs for Kearney after her gold-medal run, knocking her teammate off-balance with her enthusiasm.

“I whispered—well, probably not whispered but yelled—you just won the Olympics! I didn’t know what the judges were going to do. I said if they didn’t reward her for it, it was ridiculous,” Bahrke says.

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Ski mountaineer Chris Davenport makes a few turns in the Whistler backcountry during the Olympics.

Ski mountaineer Chris Davenport makes a few turns in the Whistler backcountry during the Olympics.

There was great skiing and no lines at Blackcomb's Glacier Express during the Olympics.

There was great skiing and no lines at Blackcomb’s Glacier Express during the Olympics.

Avy Forecaster Nigel Stewart keeping an eye on conditions on Blackcomb mountain during the Olympics.

Avy Forecaster Nigel Stewart keeping an eye on conditions on Blackcomb mountain during the Olympics.

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Schleper, with Lasse and husband Federico Gaxiola, shows off her hardware.Do you feel like you’ll like you’ll reach a level at the Vancouver Olympics…

Schleper, with Lasse and husband Federico Gaxiola, shows off her hardware.

Do you feel like you’ll like you’ll reach a level at the Vancouver Olympics that’s eluded you before? I feel like my skiing’s there. I just hope the stars align and I get some luck on my side. Anything’s possible. I’m a long shot for a medal. I haven’t been on a podium this year. But I’m on the upswing for sure. I’m going in there believing anything is possible.

Is this your last Olympics, or is there more in store for you?
My heart’s still in skiing. I’m kind of on the fence. The thing that holds me back is physical capability. Some days my body hurts. But this other side of me is like, I can’t give up.

Schleper will race in the giant slalom on February 24 and the slalom on February 26 at Whistler.—Olivia Dwyer

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Bode being whisked away to doping testing while a swarm of fans awaits him. Bode won bronze in the men's downhill.

Bode being whisked away to doping testing while a swarm of fans awaits him. Bode won bronze in the men’s downhill.

Andrew Weibreicht's tech carrying Ted Ligety's, Bode Miller's and Weibreicht's boots. That's Miller's victory bouquet tucked into in his Head boot.

Andrew Weibreicht’s tech carrying Ted Ligety’s, Bode Miller’s and Weibreicht’s boots. That’s Miller’s victory bouquet tucked into in his Head boot.

The post race ceremony: gold medalist Askel Lund Svindval; silver medalist Bode Miller; bronze Andrew Weibriecht.

The post race ceremony: gold medalist Askel Lund Svindval; silver medalist Bode Miller; bronze Andrew Weibriecht.

Olympic newcomer Andrew Weibrecht won a bronze in the Super G. Check out our interview with him.

Olympic newcomer Andrew Weibrecht won a bronze in the Super G. Check out our interview with him.

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Two-time silver medalist Julia Mancuso made sweatshirts for her cheering squad. She drew the caricature herself.

Two-time silver medalist Julia Mancuso made sweatshirts for her cheering squad. She drew the caricature herself.

Julia with her infamous tiara toasting her friends, coaches, and team after her silver medal win in the downhill.

Julia with her infamous tiara toasting her friends, coaches, and team after her silver medal win in the downhill.

Extreme skier turned Olympic commentator Chris Davenport checks out Lindsey Vonn's little brother's new haircut.

Extreme skier turned Olympic commentator Chris Davenport checks out Lindsey Vonn’s little brother’s new haircut.

US men's downhiller Steven Nyman takes a bite out of Vonn's downhill gold.

US men’s downhiller Steven Nyman takes a bite out of Vonn’s downhill gold.

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